I came across quite a few new words while reading The Tortilla Curtain. (Review coming soon.)
1. rictus: “Everywhere he turned he saw those red-flecked eyes, the rictus of the mouth, the rotten teeth and incongruous shock of gray in the mustache – they infested his dreams, cut through his waking hours like a window on another reality.
Rictus means a fixed grimace or grin.
2. ceanothus: He walked round the front of the car first, scanning the mute unrevealing brush along the roadside – ceanothus, chemise, redshanks — for some sign of what had happened.
Ceanothus is a North American shrub of the buckthorn family, cultivated for its dense clusters of small blue or white flowers.
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